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Good Magic Continues Haskell Preparations; Gronkowski Still Not Ready To Breeze

Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic continues to train forwardly ahead of his return in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on July 29 at Monmouth Park. The chestnut colt by Curlin most recently worked five furlongs in 1:00.86 over the Belmont main track on Saturday. “Good Magic is training well and breezed yesterday really well,” said trainer Chad Brown. Brown added […]

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Across-The-Board Purse Increases, New Distribution Structure For Saratoga Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced a $2,000 across-the-board purse increase for all maiden and allowance races, as well as some claiming races, for the 2018 meet at Saratoga Race Course. For the prestigious 40-day meet, which runs from Friday, July 20 to Monday, September 3, top maiden special weights will now […]

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Pletcher ‘Pleased’ With Tapwrit’s Preparations For Suburban

Multiple graded stakes winner Tapwrit visited Belmont’s main track Sunday morning to put the final touches on his preparation for Saturday’s Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on Stars & Stripes Day. The 2017 Belmont Stakes winner breezed in company with one-eyed fan favorite Patch. The pair completed five furlongs in 1:00.71 with Tapwrit galloping out well ahead of his […]

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Haskell, Travers Posited As Next Options For Triple Crown Winner Justify

As Justify made his triumphant return to his Santa Anita base on Sunday, fans were already wondering when they might see the Triple Crown winner back in the races. Trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com that while no plans have been set in stone, either the July 29 Haskell at Monmouth or the Aug. 25 Travers […]

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Monmouth Putting Together $5 Million Bonus Package To Draw Justify To Haskell

Dennis Drazin watched Justify win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby along with the rest of the racing world, and the Monmouth Park executive is now thinking about some really big numbers to bring the colt to his track’s premier race in July, the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. According to the Asbury Press, Drazin is pursuing a $5 million […]

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Always Dreaming Arrives In South Florida For Return To Training

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming has not run since finishing ninth in the Travers in August, but the soon-to-be 4-year-old colt is taking the first step toward a return to the races. The son of Bodemeister recently returned to the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, and according to drf.com, Always Dreaming had his first gallop at […]

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2018 NYRA Racing Calendar Offers 229 Days Of Live Thoroughbred Action

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released its 2018 racing calendar, which calls for 229 days of live thoroughbred action at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Once again, the 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will serve as the anchor for a spectacular year of racing. The meet, […]

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Keen Ice To Miss Classic With Ankle Injury, Retired To Stud At Calumet Farm

Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice will commence his retirement and forego competing in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Ice, as the horse is affectionately known, wrenched his right ankle galloping this week. The injury was not severe, but it was enough for owners to withdraw him from the race, scheduled to be the last of his career. […]

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West Coast ‘Not Even Blowing’ After Classic Breeze With Hoppertunity

Gary and Mary West’s 3-year-old colt West Coast had his penultimate breeze before the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Sunday, working six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 at Santa Anita. Under Drayden Van Dyke, the son of Flatter went in company with Hoppertunity for trainer Bob Baffert, passing his workmate in the stretch. “He walks off […]

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In Arrogate’s First Work Since Pacific Classic, Baffert Seeks ‘Input’ From Rider Bejarano

Still the highest-rated racehorse of 2017 by Longines, Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate worked on Monday for the first time since the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic, reports bloodhorse.com. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled Song breezed a half mile by himself over the Santa Anita strip in :49 3/5, ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Jockey Martin Garcia is Arrogate’s […]

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